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Tributes Pour In for Departed Ivorian Football President Sidy Diallo

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Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President, Nick Mwendwa; former Chelsea forward, Didier Drogba; and Ivorian defender, Serge Aurier, have paid tribute to the departed Ivorian counterpart, Augustin Sidy Diallo, who died on Saturday.

The 61-year-old football administrator succumbed to the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.

The federation are due to hold a meeting to name an interim president as it prepares to hold elections when it receives the go ahead from Fifa.

“We grieve for the loss of Augustin Sidy Diallo, a great man, his contributions to Ivorian and African football is undeniable. Sidy has been a great servant for football at all levels,” Mwendwa said in his statement.

Mwendwa hailed Diallo, describing him as a great football man, a mentor and a father figure to the young and upcoming soccer administrators in Africa.

“In this painful moment, on behalf of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Executive Committee, Kenya’s football family, and on my own behalf, I wish to express our sincere condolences and deep sympathy to FIF, the whole Ivorian football community and to the family, friends and loved ones of the deceased,” condoled Mwendwa.

He added:”It’s a big loss for Ivorian football and we extend our deepest sympathies. Rest in Peace (RIP) my friend, Honourable Sidy Diallo.”

On his part, Drogba said, “The Ivorian and world football family has just lost one of his son.

“Thank you for all President, a few only will understand but rest in peace. My sincere condolences to the family”

Tottenham Hotspur and Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier also took to social media to express his sadness.

“Even ill, you always wanted to be with us, I have no words and nothing to say except thanks for everything,” Aurier wrote.

“Rest in peace president. May Allah accept our prayers and welcome you in his kingdom.”

Diallo was the federation’s vice-president of between 1991 and 1994, during which time the Elephants won their first African Cup of Nations title in 1992.

In 2006, he was part of the FIF as Ivory Coast qualified for their first World Cup finals in Germany.

He was elected FIF president in 2011 and was in charge as Ivory Coast won a second Nations Cup title in 2015.

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Guinea, Zambia Earn Big Wins In CHAN Matches

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After successive 1-0 victories and 0-0 stalemates, the African Nations Championship had its first multiple scoring game in the last set of first round of matches.

Zambia defeated Tanzania 2-0 courtesy of goals from Emmanuel Chabula and Collins Nikombe in the second half of the encounter.

The Chipolopolo got out of the blocks early, but failed to break a resolute Tanzanian team in the first half of the clash.

With the 2-0 win, Zambia became the first team to score more than one goal in the competition.

Late on Tuesday, Guinea also crushed Namibia 3-0. The Syli Nationale scored their first goal through Yakhouba Gnagna Barry before Ousmane Camara added a second.

Barry added the icing on the cake for Guinea as they became top scorers in the competition and the first team to score more than two goals after eight matches.

Second round of group games will begin today with Cameroon playing against Mali while Burkina Faso face Zimbawe.

The hosts, Cameroon and Mali will vie for the group’s top spot after 1-0 victories in their first games.

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Zambian FA Bans Jailed Coach Dudley Fichite from Football

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The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has banned a former player and coach, Dudley Fichite, from its actvities following a public outcry against him.

In 2018, the Zambian Supreme Court sentenced Fichite to life in prison for defiling his niece and infecting her with HIV and Syphilis after he appealed his initial 25-year sentence handed by the High Court.

At the time of the offence in 2014, Fitchite was a Staff Sergent in the Zambia Army and an assistant coach at FAZ Division 1 club Riflemen.

Lately, the inmate has been sitting on the bench for the Prison Leopards team, which is sponsored by the Zambia Correctional Services.

However, following a public outcry, FAZ wrote to Leopards asking them to withdraw Fichite from their technical bench.

Faz general secretary Adrian Kashala fears Ex-Zambia and Green Buffaloes striker’s presence may bring the name of the game into disrepute.

“In the meantime, we, therefore, direct that you avoid involving the aforesaid individual in any FAZ organized football activities to avoid the complications that may arise from this act,” read Kashala’s letter in part.

“We would appreciate that in future, your club should notify the Association before the implementation of anything that you are not sure about so that we can give guidance in accordance with FIFA, CAF and FAZ statutes and regulations.”

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CCC: Rwanda’s AS Kigali Feast On Uganda’s KCCA COVID-19 Troubles

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Ugandan football team, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) FC have been handed a 2-0 loss after failing to show up for a game against Rwanda’s AS Kigali in the CAF Confederations Cup.

KCCA camp has been hit with bouts of COVID-19, with at least eleven members of the squad having tested positive for the virus.

The team, according to local reports in Uganda, is expected to register 40 players for the competition but a good number of squad members tested positive for COVID-19, restricting the club to travel with just 15 players.

The situation became more critical when 2 of the 15 players registered for the game also tested positive for the virus, leaving the club in a helpless situation.

The club failed to show up for the game and two goals and maximum points were handed to their Rwandan opponents.

Criticisms have followed the decision as football stakeholders in the continent said CAF’s stand on the situation is unwieldy and partial.

The Ugandan club is expected to appeal the decision in the coming days.

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